Frequently Asked Questions

Why attend the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture at UNH?

If you are interested in using science to make a difference in the world - through Biotechnology, Genetics, Genomics & Bioinformatics, Ecology, Marine Sciences, and many other fields - make UNH your living laboratory. A land-grant, sea-grant, and space grant university, we're raising a new generation of scientists. As you'll discover, our top-notch faculty places no limits on your growth and accomplishments. This is your opportunity to acquire skills and knowledge in a particular area; joining close-knit groups of students and faculty who love a subject; and preparing yourself for a lifetime of growth and learning. It all begins with Biology. The core biology sequence at the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture was developed to provide you with a solid grounding in the physical, quantitative, and biological sciences. The core satisfies the basic science requirements for all biological sciences, so you gain the flexibility to explore a wide range of subjects before choosing one that best meets your interests.

When people talk about the sciences, they often talk about developments on the cutting edge. Welcome to the edge. At UNH, you can develop an impressive array of skills and understanding of powerful new technologies, regardless of what field you study. You will explore the life sciences in a detail that would impress even those giants of science on whose shoulders we stand today.

UNH labs are research powerhouses and our scientists are among the nation’s best. The Institute for Scientific Information ranked UNH among such “high impact” universities as Harvard, Columbia, Stanford, and Carnegie Mellon.

What am I required to take as a first-year student?

Fall semester – BIOL 400, BIOL 411, and CHEM 403
Spring semester – BIOL 412, CHEM 404, MATH 424B

Do you have an Honors program in Biology?

Yes. The requirements are as follows:

  1. Students are required to maintain an overall 3.20 grade-point average and a3.20 in major-required course work.
  2. Students must successfully complete 16 credits of Honors courses in the biological sciences at the 500 level or higher; two of which must be at the 600 or 700 level; and 8 of which may be in BIOL 799.
  3. Students must complete BIOL 799, Honors Research/Thesis for a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8 credits. This course consists of an individually designed research project supervised by a biological sciences faculty member. A written proposal and thesis, and a public presentation of the research results are required for successful completion to this requirement.

What about outside the classroom experiences?

Internships/Field Experiences

These experiences are plentiful in the Biology program. Internships can take place anywhere, for example, in a business, a research facility, or a wildlife refuge. Students engaged in career oriented work experiences may earn academic credit through a faculty sponsor associated with their department.

Off-Shore Opportunities

UNH, in cooperation with Cornell University, offers a summer field program in marine sciences on Appledore Island of the Isles of Shoals. Undergraduate courses introduce students to a broad array of marine sciences, including oceanography, marine biology, fisheries, and marine resources.

International and National Research Opportunities

We want research to play an important role in your intellectual development. Not someone else’s research. Your research. Programs such as the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program allow many undergraduates to experience the thrill of designing their own research projects, collaborate with faculty experts, and present their research to others in a public forum. Students conduct research year-round, as freshmen and seniors, on campus and as far abroad as Africa.

Service Learning

Service Learning is a process that actively engages students in authentic, Community-based problem solving as an integral component of the academic curriculum. The Biological Sciences faculty actively participate in service learning activities in the community to help students understand “real-life” problems. Service Learning helps students appreciate their college education. Your college education is not confined to classrooms, laboratories, and the library but that it is the sum of all of your experiences.

What kind of job can I expect to get with a Biology Degree?

There are many – here is a small sample:

Plant Physiologist Forensic Scientist
Food Scientist/Technologist Soil Scientist
Veterinarian Teacher
Environmental Scientist Plant Pathologist
Marine Scientist Weed Scientist
Range Manager Nematologist
Fisheries Scientist Agronomist
Extension Specialist Botanist
Soil Conservationist Climatologist
Pest Control Specialist Biometrician
Wildlife Biologist Turf Specialist
Fruit & Vegetable Grower Reproductive Physiologist
Hydrologist Molecular Biologist
Lawn & Garden Center Manager Water Scientist
Nutritionist Naturalist
Toxicologist Farm Manager
Biochemist Horticulturist
Food Inspector Forester
Zoologist Animal Nutritionist
Irrigation Engineer Animal/Plant Inspector
College Professor Entomologist
Farmer/Rancher Animal Physiologist
Microbiologist Forest Products Engineer
Science Writer Virologist
Agricultural Attache Research Technician
Nursery Manager Arborist
Parasitologist Research Director
Herd Manager Geneticist

What about Advanced Placement courses?

The credit that may be earned for successful completion of Advanced Placement exams varies. BIOL 411 is required of all Biology majors regardless of your AP score. For more information about what scores transfer click here.

What if I am not sure about the Biology major?

A first-year student can enter the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture as an Undeclared student. A first-year Undeclared student takes the same courses as the Biology majors. In the fall semester – LSA 400, BIOL 411, CHEM 403 – in the spring semester – BIOL 412, CHEM 404, and MATH 424B. As you can see, it is extremely easy to enter any one of our Biological Sciences degree programs and not be behind.

What do I major in if I want to do Pre-med?

You can major in any field of study here at UNH. Pre-med is a program with a certain set of courses that must be taken before entering Medical school. The majority of the pre-med bound students major in General Biology, as the requirements are the same for the Biology degree as they are for pre-med.

What are the opportunities for advanced study?

UNH’s Graduate School offers 14 Master of Science program in the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture along with 7 Ph.D. programs. The B.S. degree in Biology would prepare you adequately enough for any of these programs of study.

Which classes will I be required to take as an Undergraduate?

Undergraduate Biology Majors need to take the biology core (plus 8 more science electives chosen from their specific option. They also need to fulfill their General Education requirements and the University Writing Requirement. (For more information about the University Academic Requirements click here. A B.S. degree in Biology comprises a total of 128 credits.

What computer facilities are available?

Students have Internet access in their residence hall rooms, and everyone receives an e-mail account when they arrive on campus. Computer terminals are also available for student use across campus.

Can I study abroad and still graduate on time?

Yes. Depending on where you go, it may be possible to do major requirements as well as General Education requirements for the Biology degree. Some of our Biology majors have gone to Tanzania, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and several other countries.

Who will be teaching the classes that I will be in?

Full time faculty members teach all lecture sections in the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture. Graduate Teaching Assistants participate and set up the laboratory experiences for the various faculty members.

What’s it like to live on campus?

Your campus life experience is integral to this spirit of discovery. At UNH, you’ll find a wide range of residential opportunities, from small halls housing 45 students to large buildings of 600. There are also halls organized around themes, whose residents share a passion for outdoor adventure, popular culture, music, or other pursuits. Regardless of where you live, you’ll find a place at UNH to call home.

Is the campus safe?

Yes. UNH is committed to a Safe Educational Environment. We have several security services in place for the community and our student body population.

  1. Escort Service –
    • Provided free of charge
    • Provided from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
    • This is a walking service provided by security officers.
    • University vehicles are used when a walking escort is not an option
    • Escorts are provided from one on-campus location to another on-campus location.
  2. Safe Rides –
    • This is a student run service for students who do not want to drive after drinking, or drive with someone who has been drinking. Free transportation home is provided.
  3. Call boxes –
    • Emergency call boxes are located throughout the campus in case of emergencies. The call boxes are directly linked to our UNH Police Department.

How cold does it get in NH?

The average high temperature in January is 33.3 degrees Fahrenheit; the average low in January is 11.1 degrees Fahrenheit.